Action to tackle car parking disruption


North Somerset Council is stepping up its enforcement activity to tackle illegal and inconsiderate parking.

In addition to clamping down on people parking on double yellow lines, the council is reinforcing its message that the seafront and beach at Weston-super-Mare are closed to vehicles and is directing people to car parks away from the seafront.

Despite the council’s message to visitors continuing to be “please don’t come to North Somerset”, high numbers have visited the area during the past week, particularly on Wednesday, causing traffic disruption and inconvenience to residents.

As a result, the council is now taking further steps to stop people from parking where they shouldn’t, to make sure they can park safely and reduce pressure on residential streets.

“We need to clamp down on those visitors who, despite our requests to stay away, are coming here and ignoring the rules,” said Cllr Mark Canniford, the council’s executive member responsible for parking.

“Due to the selfish and inconsiderate parking we have witnessed over the past few days, we are stepping up enforcement and taking other measures to try to ensure that doesn’t happen again.”

With beach and Marine Parade car parking closed to deter visitors to Weston, new temporary signs have been put up from junction 21 of the M5 directing visitors to Locking Road car park instead.

The council has also re-opened level one of the Sovereign Centre car park for Saturday, Sunday and Monday only from 8am to 9pm.

In Portishead it has also re-opened Kilkenny Fields for car parking. This will relieve the strain around the Lake Grounds, particularly as The Esplanade has now been closed to cars to enable social distancing for walkers and cyclists.

Parking along The Beach on Clevedon seafront is also no longer available to enable social distancing.